May 9, 2013
South Carolina (34-14, 13-10 SEC) is back in action on Friday night beginning a three-game series vs. Georgia (18-28, 5-16 SEC) at Carolina Stadium. First pitch for the opener is 7 p.m. with the game televised live on SportSouth and available on the Gamecock Radio Network from IMG College including flagship station, 107.5 FM, "The Game."
South Carolina is in second place in the SEC Eastern Division and fourth place overall in the conference standings.
SENIOR DAY FESTIVITIES
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
LAST TIME OUT
Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, Chase Vergason jumpstarted the Carolina rally with a one-out base hit. That set the stage for Pankake, who launched a 2-2 pitch from Wofford reliever Will Stillman over the right field wall for his 10th home run of the season and giving the Gamecocks a one-run lead. The momentum continued as Kyle Martin drew a walk, stole second and scored on Grayson Greiner's double to center field. Consecutive wild pitches by Wofford reliever Connell Anderson allowed Greiner to score increasing the lead to three runs. After singles by Brison Celek and Sean Sullivan, the lead extended to 8-3 on a two-out two-run single by Tanner English. Carolina added a run in the ninth inning on a RBI base hit courtesy of Chase Vergason.
Senior left-hander Adam Westmoreland earned the win in relief after 1.2 scoreless innings with just one hit allowed and a pair of strikeouts. He is 6-1 on the year. Stillman suffered the loss and is now 2-2 for the season. He allowed two runs on three hits in an inning of work.
South Carolina finished with a 12-8 advantage in hits on Wednesday night. Vergason went 3-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored. Schrock, Greiner and Sullivan had two hits apiece also.
AT THE PLATE, IN THE FIELD & ON THE MOUND
The Gamecock pitching staff owns a 3.05 ERA with 379 strikeouts to 112 walks in 428.0 innings pitched. The ERA ranks sixth best in the SEC. Opponents are hitting only .252 against the staff. South Carolina is fielding .972 as a team, eighth best in the SEC.
DANTZLER A CANDIDATE FOR THE GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD
Dantzler is Carolina's leading hitter with a .342 average (58-for-169) with 12 homers and 44 RBI. He currently has reached base safely in 25 straight games. His nine multi-RBI games leads the team with 14 multi-hit games third highest on the team as well.
DANTZLER SUCCEEDING OFF THE FIELD
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Dantzler was South Carolina's 2012-13 male nominee for the SEC's H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year. With a 3.641 GPA in sport and entertainment management, he has been on the SEC Academic Honor Roll and spent two semesters on the Dean's List. Dantzler has volunteered more than 50 hours at the Epworth Children's Home, working on various projects. He also helped organize a fundraising effort for the orphanage through an area restaurant, and has made speaking appearances for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Baseball Senior CLASS Award Finalists Mark Appel, Stanford Shane Basen, Charlotte Chase Brookshire, Belmont Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist LB Dantzler, South Carolina Carlos Lopez, Cal State Fullerton Alex Mendez, South Florida Raph Rhymes, LSU Chris Rowley, Army Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech
Dantzler has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team for District Four as announced by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) on May 1. Dantzler, South Carolina's male nominee for the SEC Boyd McWhorter Award, has compiled a 3.64 cumulative GPA in Sport & Entertainment Management.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
The Academic All-District® teams (listed above) are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored.
The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.
Tyler Webb MAKES HIS MARK
He has pitched in relief in 87 of those appearances, with 70 relief appearances without allowing a run (82.3 percent). In career relief appearances he is 10-2 with 17 saves.
WYNKOOP EARNS SECOND CONSECUTIVE SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONOR
He is now 6-2 on the year with a 2.66 ERA in 47.1 innings. It marked the fifth time a Gamecock has been honored in the SEC weekly awards.
GAMECOCK HONOREES BY THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
Grayson Greiner SELECTED TO USA BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM
Training for the team will run from June 21-July 2 in Cary, N.C. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Team USA will travel to Japan from July 6-11 and are also scheduled to play Cuba from July 18-23 in various cites in the U.S.
Greiner doubled twice, scored a run and drove in one run in the 9-3 win over Wofford. He is hitting .287 (43-for-150) with 21 runs and 29 RBI.
SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYERS & USA BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM
Since 1978 USA Baseball has been the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of baseball. It represents the sport in the United States as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and internationally as a member federation of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).
GREINER ALSO A CANDIDATE FOR THE JOHNNY BENCH AWARD
The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 16, 2013. Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 4, 2013. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 15th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 27, 2013.
A LITTLE BIT OF ENGLISH
English is hitting .276 (32-for-116) with 19 runs scored and a team-high three triples. His .397 on-base percentage is second highest on the team. English had a two-out two-run single in the seventh inning of South Carolina's 9-3 win over Wofford on Wednesday night.
ON BASE WITH CHASE
Vergason owns a .278 average (47-for-169) with 31 runs scored and 21 RBI. He owns a .379 on-base percentage. Vergason tied a career-high with three hits, scored a run and drove in one run also in the 9-3 win over Wofford on Wednesday night.
Vergason hit .400 (6-for-15) in the Tennessee series with four runs scored, a triple and a home run as well as four RBI. He went 2-for-5 with his first career triple, two runs and two RBI in the 19-2 win as well as 3-for-6 with a homer, a RBI and two runs in the 12-8 victory.
MAX IT OUT
Schrock is hitting .280 (47-for-168) with 33 runs scored and 33 RBI. He has 145 multi-hit games, second highest on the team.
Pankake is hitting .309 (55-for-178) with 30 runs scored and 34 RBI. He owns a .380 on-base percentage and a .511 slugging percentage.
WESTMORELAND EFFECTIVE IN RELIEF
He is now 6-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 19 relief appearances with three saves as well. Westmoreland has 47 strikeouts in 48.0 innings with opponents hitting only .207 against him.
BELCHER BRINGS IT
HOLMES WITH THE ANSWER
Holmes pitched three scoreless innings of relief with a strikeout in the 3-2 loss vs. Vanderbilt. He had three more innings of relief with just one run allowed, unearned in the 9-3 win over Wofford.
Holmes lowered his ERA to 4.11 in 50.1 innings with 37 strikeouts and 15 walks
Beal was stellar in a start at Missouri. Beal allowed just one run on eight hits in 6.1 innings of work with one walk and a career-high 10 strikeouts in the 4-1 win over Missouri. Beal's 10 strikeouts are also the most by a Gamecock pitcher this season.
BRITT SHOWS VERSATILITY
Britt is 2-0 with a save in 11 games.
SEDDON SETTLES IN
He was stellar in his first start of the year as the Gamecocks defeated Davidson. He pitched four scoreless innings with just two hits allowed while striking out a career-high six batters.
Seddon is 1-1 with a 4.86 ERA on the year. He has 19 strikeouts in 16.2 innings pitched.
Sullivan has a ERA of 2.74 in 23.0 innings pitched.
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